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Site Information / LOST Active USER ACCOUNTS with posts??
« on: July 01, 2013, 12:20:05 PM »
Apparently, some members who were active and had posts have had their member account accidentally removed.  This should not have happened.  Their old posts will still be there and can be found in a search for the user name, but the account doesn't work. It only happened to those who had not logged in for 6 months or longer.

To fix this, please do the following.

1.  Create a new account with either the same or a different user name

2.  Send a private message to me giving me the original account name.

3.  I will re-attribute the posts to your new account name.    Your post count will be updated to show the correct quantity.

If your old user account had no posts, just recreate it.

Site Information / Buddies / Ignore List
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:38:26 PM »
If you want to ignore a poster, just add him to your ignore list.

Click on profile / account settings / buddies/ignore list / edit ignore list and add the user name.

We are cleaning out spammer accounts, 99.9% of them are inactive, but occasionally come to life.

Some members who signed up over 45 days ago but never logged in again may get caught up.  The account can be recreated, nothing is lost, since nothing was posted and no one logged in.  We had robots signing up thousands of new accounts each day, and intend to remove as many as possible.

As long as you log in once a month, or if you have at least one post, you will not be affected.

This will be happening slowly over several weeks.

Site Information / New Member Signup Code
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:25:21 PM »
If you are signing up to be a CR member, the VERIFICATION CODE required on the signup page is intended to stop Spam Robots from logging in. 
It is not there to discourage new membership, but to make the forum a more pleasant place for valid users.
Please cut and paste the following verification code into the question on the signup page.
Do not include the * Characters.

Site Information / Membership Approval Now Required
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:36:07 PM »
We are now requiring membership approval of each new member.  The reason for this is the 400 new account signups by spam robots each day. 

Approvals usually take as day or less to complete.

We are weeding out the spam accounts, but that will take time.

We will not approve membership if the account name looks like a advertisement, is a e-mail address, or just sounds phoney,  It is definitely better if a account name has some recognizable link to photography.

Site Information / Forum Down Briefly for Maintenance
« on: May 01, 2013, 04:54:03 PM »
We apologize for the interruption due to maintenance of the forum.  I'm hoping it won't happen again, but there are more things that need attention.

Site Information / Camera Rating for Members
« on: February 28, 2013, 03:43:10 PM »
Many have asked for a explanation of the Camera listed by a members name.

It is a feature of the forum software to allow ratings as members post more.  The actual numbers for a rating change from time to time, and so do the cameras.

The different ratings correspond to different membergroups.

There is another reason for them as well.  Members who have a long history of posting can have additional authority assigned to them.  Each member group has its own permissions as to features users are allowed to use.

For example, new members cannot have a signature.  This has reduced a problem with automated robots signing up and entering spam into their signatures.  Once they have reached "X" posts, they will be moved to a higher member group which allows signatures. 

A new member group was recently created called "Canon AE-1" and is currently effective for members with 61 to 79 posts.  Before or after that, you fall into a different member group. 

All the names and number of posts change fairly often, so we do not post the information.  For example, a 60D might change to a 70D once that body is in service.

Lenses / New Canon USA Lens & Speedlite Rebates
« on: February 17, 2013, 02:21:52 AM »

Canon USA Rebates

An instant rebate on Canon lenses and speedlites begins February 17, and runs until March 30th, 2013.

See all rebates at B&H Photo

Below are the most notable lenses with rebates. Rebate amount in brackets

See all rebates at B&H Photo

Browse our price watch pages:

Primes Lenses | Zoom Lenses | Macro Lenses | Tilt-Shift Lenses | Speedlites



New firmware coming

Canon has posted a article in their forum indicating that a firmware fix for the 5D Mark III and the 1dx is being tested to speed up autofocus when using the AF assist liight on a Canon Speedlight.  Many users have noted that focus is slow to be achieved compared with older models.  A quote from their post is given below.

“Canon has confirmed that, depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and 1dx digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam. We are developing a firmware update to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X. The schedule for release of this firmware update will be announced shortly.”


Canon has started a new campaign to raise awareness about counterfit products.  The ones that affect most photographers are batteries and chargers. Unfortunately, they only give vague hints of things to check for when you suspect that you have a counnterfit product.  The main point is that you should buy from a established dealer.

There is a hotline setup to report issues with counterfit batteries.

In the USA, you can report any questionable sources or purchases to


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 15, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has rolled out a consumer-safety initiative that will promote awareness of a consumer electronics industry-wide issue: the risks of using counterfeit accessories for digital cameras and camcorders, especially batteries and chargers. Counterfeit products are fake replicas of the real products, designed to take advantage of the superior value of the real product. These fake accessories are produced in a manner that is increasingly more difficult for average consumers to identify. Purchase of these products can lead to potentially dangerous results. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit accessories may not meet government and industry safety standards and may overheat, smoke, melt, ignite and may cause bodily injury and property damage.

In support of this initiative, a digital campaign, with the tagline, “Play it safe. Power your Canon with Canon Power” was launched on January 8, advising consumers to avoid counterfeits by purchasing products through established retail channels. In addition, the Canon USA Website has been enlisted to educate consumers on the Canon batteries and chargers most frequently counterfeited and to provide helpful tips to spot them.

“Canon takes safety seriously and, as good corporate citizens, we want to inform and educate so that consumers are aware of the risks counterfeit products pose,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We will be rolling out an initiative over the next few months, encouraging consumers to help play it safe with genuine Canon power when making an investment in a camera or camcorder and its accessories, so that they may continue to enjoy the quality experience they expect from us.”

For more information, visit

Canon General / After CES Whats Next for Canon?
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:22:46 PM »

After a decided lack of exciting Canon DSLR announcements  at CES, the next big show coming up will be CP+ from January 31  – Feb 3 2013.  Canon and Nikon each have  huge spaces reserved for their exhibits at the Pacifico Yokohama, Japan exihibition hall and traditionally have made some major announcements at CP+.

Will the long awaited EF 200-400mm f/4 L finally be announced?  It was two years ago in 2011 at CP+ that Canon announced that lens development program, so what better place to announnce the lens formally.

Many are also thinking a 70D or the 7D Mark II is due.

We do not have any inside information or leaks at this point, so this is just pure speculation, but Canon is almost certain to announce some new products.

New lenses are the toughest products to predict, but recent new lens rumors beyond the 200-400mm f/4 L  might find fufillment at CP+ as well.

Expect  more to come and rumors will abound as the show gets near. If there is to be a major announcement, it should happen in the next 10 days.

Site Information / New Spam Checker - Some Issues
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:55:15 PM »
CR has installed a new spam checker and there will be a break-in period while the bugs are being worked out.  Meanwhile, some posts may trigger the checker as spam, and cause a post to he placed on hold.  Most of these are actual spam, but some are things that we do not yet understand.

Please bear with us.  Some common photography terms or lens names might be the culpret. 

If you are having a issue, please send a e-mail to Canon rumors with the url of the post.  We will try to figure it out.

5D MK III Sample Images / 5D MK III Images
« on: March 21, 2012, 09:16:45 PM »
Please post the sample images from your new 5D MK III here. 

EOS Bodies / MOVED: 5Dlll CF/SD
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:35:03 PM »

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